The intensive care unit at a Japanese hospital. Many facilities are reluctant to admit coronavirus patients as they deal with a surge in cases. Photo: Kyodo

In Japan, stretched hospitals turning away coronavirus cases over medical, financial risks

  • Accepting Covid-19 patients carries significant risks; data shows 931 patients were rejected by Tokyo hospitals or had to wait for emergency rooms
  • Japanese hospitals are also dealing with a shortage of protective gear and medical equipment
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
The intensive care unit at a Japanese hospital. Many facilities are reluctant to admit coronavirus patients as they deal with a surge in cases. Photo: Kyodo
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